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Diner chain hits Lancaster

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Metro Diner opened a restaurant on Tuesday in the new Lime Spring Square development in East Hempfield Township, marking the chain's fourth restaurant to open in Pennsylvania.

The food chain, which already has a location in York County, is continuing to expand in Pennsylvania. This summer, it's slated to open another location in Hampden Township.

The chain gained national attention after it was featured on an episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri on Food Network.

The 3,800-square-foot diner seats up to 118 patrons and serves breakfast all day, plus lunch and dinner. Most menu items are priced at under $15.

"We are so excited to be joining this community in Lancaster," Lancaster Metro Diner managing partner Brooks Thompson said in a statement. "Lancaster is a great community that has a lot of what a big city offers, with a small-town feel. We know these folks have an appreciation for good, classic diner food and we hope to continue to satisfy their appetites with our creative twists on old favorites."

The diner wants to be an active part of the Lancaster County community.

Metro Diner held two pre-opening friends and family nights to benefit the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center and the Water Street Mission, raising $4,500 and $6,500 respectively.

"As a privately funded ministry, Water Street Mission relies on the support of businesses and individuals," said Jack Crowley, president of Water Street Mission. "We’re very grateful that Metro Diner chose to help Schreiber Pediatric and Water Street with their pre-opening events."

Metro Diner was established in 1992 by the Davoli family in Jacksonville, Fla.

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